Saturday, June 4
McNally Robinson, Winnipeg, Grant Park
Irma Voth entangles love, longing, and dark family secrets.
The stifling, reclusive Mennonite life of nineteen-year-old Irma Voth - newly married and newly deserted - is irrevocably changed when a film crew moves in to make a movie about the community.
She embraces the absurdity, creative passion and warmth of their world but her intractable and domineering father is determined to keep her from it at all costs. The confrontation between them sets her on an irrevocable path towards something that feels like freedom as she and her young sister, Aggie, wise beyond her teenage years, flee to the city, upheld only by their love for each other and their smart wit, even as they begin to understand the tragedy that has their family in its grip.
Miriam Toews is the author of four previous novels: Summer of My Amazing Luck; A Boy of Good Breeding, the Governor General Award-winning, Canada Reads-winning, much loved bestselling novel a Complicated Kindness, and most recently The Flying Troutmans, which won the Rogers Writers Trust Award for fiction.
The author also penned one work of non-fiction Swing Low: A Life.